Dairy farmers’ field school draws crowd of villagers in Jhenaidah

Published : 20 Dec 2022 07:31 PM

It was an enjoyable evening when hundreds of villagers of Badpukuria under Saganna union of Jhenaidah Sadar upazila, most of them women, gathered in a dairy farmers’ field school in the evening of Monday. Of them 60 belongs to livestock related producers’ group (PG). They were involved in producing milk, egg or fattening beef in their dairy farm themselves.

When this correspondent visited the field school talked to a number of farmers taking lesson themselves on cattle rearing, fattening, green and organic feed production, primary health care of the animals, milk procurement in modern method, marketing and so.

Upazila livestock office and district veterinary hospital with the assistance of livestock and dairy development project (LDDP) jointly organized the field school inauguration titled “PG farmers’ constitution, financial management and digital technology application”. Chaired by district livestock officer Dr Monojit Kumar Sarker, Jhenaidah deputy commissioner (DC) Manira Begum graced the chair as chief guest. 

District training officer (DTO) of the livestock department Dr. Subrata Kumar Banarjee, additional deputy commissioner (revenue) Razibul Islam Khan, upazila livestock officer Dr. Manojit Kumar Mandal, executive magistrates Nausina Arif, Shamsunnahar Shila, Tarq Aziz and Meftahul Hasan and Saganna union parishad chairman Mojammel Hossain attended as special guests.

DC Manira Begum in her speech as chief guest said the women of the village have been playing role in meeting the national demand of the most important protein like beef, milk, egg, curd, ghee and other dairy related products from the rural village. Each and every women dairy farmer will turn to entrepreneur within a short time when the government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been proving assistance in dairy and other agriculture sector to strengthen socio-economic base of the women community. 

Replying a number of quires by Badpukuria PG leader Ambia Khatun Lucky, Ruhul Amin and Shilpi Rani the deputy commissioner said her administration will set up a modern market in Jhenaidah town for selling their milk, egg, curd, ghee and other dairy related products so that they could receive optimum prices rather than the rural village. 

Deputy commissioner also gave emphasis on application of modern communication technology and mobile apps for a better management of their trade and society. Later the chief guest distributed file cabinet and some other office accessories among the PG members in the evening.